More than 400 kms north of Manila, on the feast of the Founder of Divine Word Missionaries, January 15, 2019, the catholic community of Sabnagan, Luba, Abra received prayerfully their patron Saint, Arnold Janssen.
The Statue of Saint Arnold Janssen travelled from the parish church in Luba, Abra. It crossed the Abra River on footbridge and entered the welcome arch of Sabnagan.
The newly renovated chapel of Sabnagan was dedicated to and renamed Saint Arnold Janssen Chapel, a fitting tribute to the invaluable missionary services of the SVD to the local Church.
The pioneer Divine Word Missionaries in the Philippines, namely Fr. Luis Beckert, SVD and Fr. Juan Scheiermann, SVD established the first mission station on August 23, 1909 in the province of Abra.
Today, Abra is a vibrant christian community of 236, 000 catholics led by Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD. In particular, Sabnagan, Luba is the home of two Divine Word Missionaries, Fr Norman Labutan SVD, who is serving the SVD missions in Africa and Fr Emil Pati SVD, who is serving the SVD missions in the Philippines.
Saint Arnold Janssen Chapel in Sabnagan belongs to the parochial territory of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish of Luba.
Photo credit to the FB account of Fr Emil Pati SVD.